My take: Perhaps general manager Phil Emery threw up the smokescreen during a pre-draft press conference recently saying that based on a study he recently conducted, the developmental quarterback theory doesn’t “hold water.” Emery mentioned that if a team is looking to take a quarterback, it should do it in the first and second rounds. So Emery went against his own logic in selecting Fales, and for good reason: the quarterback is a talented player.
Fales lacks arm strength, but like former backup Josh McCown, he makes up for it with strong anticipation skills and football smarts.
Fales also possesses some mobility and the courage to stand in the pocket and deliver in heavy pressure. Another attribute that likely attracted the Bears to Fales is his reputation for being coachable and having a strong work ethic, which would make the pairing with head coach Marc Trestman ideal considering Fales is a developmental prospect.
Because of the Fales’ good-to-average arm, smarts and anticipation skills, scouts projected him to be a fit in more of a West Coast type of system, which is exactly what the Bears utilize under Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. Interestingly, Fales and Derek Carr, a second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, are the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks to throw for more than 4,000 during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Durability/productivity: The first quarterback drafted by the Bears since 2011, Fales started in all 45 games he played in during college, completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 12,727 yards, 101 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Fales played just two seasons at San Jose State (played two years before at Monterey Peninsula College), but shares or owns 28 school, game, season or career records.
What’s next: Shortly after selecting Fales, the Bears drafted punter Pat O’Donnell with their second sixth-round pick. It’s likely the Bears close out the draft in the seventh round by scooping up a linebacker.